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Children in Jacksonville can get their hands dirty in a variety of fun ways. Here are our top five picks for your next afternoon outing:
1. Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Let the kids run wild alongside their favorite animals at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. The Zoo Train is a fun and exciting way for kids to see the whole operation, and youngsters can take a spin on their favorite animal on the Wildlife Carousel.
2. Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Grab your lucky mitt and head to the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville to cheer on the Jacksonville Suns, the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. Bleacher and berm seats start at just $4.50, and promotions like Family Feast Night (with 50-cent hot dogs, peanuts and ice cream) add to the value.
3. The Museum of Science and History. This venue offers programs and exhibits to entertain everyone from toddlers to teenagers. The KidSpace is a play area specifically designed for children five and under with lots of hands-on activities; for older kids, permanent exhibits covering topics ranging from the human body to marine biology include more interactive segments. Special shows at the Bryan Gooding Planetarium make for educational alternatives to an afternoon at the theater.
4. Friendship Fountain. Pack a frisbee and a picnic for an afternoon at Friendship Fountain. The downtown skyline across the St. Johns River complements the picturesque water display. Just a few blocks away, Treaty Oak Park is an ideal place to relax under the shade of an enchanting live oak tree that dates back over 200 years.
5. Publix Aprons Cooking School. Pint-sized chefs are always welcome at Publix Aprons Cooking School in Jacksonville. Kid-friendly class topics include cooking basics, brunch and baking, and separate courses are even offered for teenagers.